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A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
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Feb 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, non-fiction-technical, non-fiction-history

Dr. Hawking does a great job of walking his readers through the development of cosmology, from the times when our model of the universe consisted of the Sun rotating about us and being worshiped as a deity, to now when we know it as just another average star among an uncountable number of other stars. For the layman, this is a great book to get a fundamental understanding of modern physics, there are no equations in this book and no math is required for understanding; complex ideas are explained via simple drawings. For the technical reader this might be a little frustrating, often I wished for more scientific explanations to some of the phenomena described. Some of the material in the book is outdated (since its original publication in 1988), and I hear his newer version of the book "A briefer history of time" takes care of this.

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